Lockheed Martin has named Jeff Babione as the new executive vice president and general manager of the F-35 Program, effective January 1, 2016.
Babione succeeds Lorraine Martin who has been appointed to the newly created position of deputy executive vice president, Mission Systems and Training (MST), the company said in a statement Friday.
As head of Lockheed Martin's F-35 team, Babione will lead development, production, and sustainment efforts across the three F-35 variants for 13 military services in nine partner countries. Under his leadership, the F-35 team will focus on completing the System Development and Demonstration Program, ramping up production and supporting the Initial Operational Capability of the US Air Force in 2016 and the U.S. Navy in 2018.
Babione has been with Lockheed Martin for nearly 23 years and has served as the F-35 deputy, vice president and general manager since 2013. Prior to joining the F-35 Program, he was vice president and general manager of the F-16/F-22 Integrated Fighter Group, where he was responsible for all aspects of the development, manufacturing, and sustainment of the F-16 and F-22 programs.
Babione holds a bachelor's degree in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech, a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Washington, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.
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Cobham has won a $51 million orders from BAE Systems to equip the F-35 Lightning II platform with microelectronic products. Cobham's offering for the recent orders on the F-35 platform includes microelectronic components and integrated microelectronic assemblies for radar and electronic warfare (EW)
Lockheed Martin is partnering Sweden's Exechon AB and Abu Dhabi based Injaz National to set up a joint venture in the UAE for advanced machining technology. The Abu Dhabi-based joint venture, Exechon Enterprises will establish an engineering and manufacturing center for Parallel Kinematics Machining (PKM) in the aerospace, defense and automotive sectors, as well as other industrial areas
Lockheed Martin has won an $85 million contract to provide seven AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53) counter fire target acquisition radar to the US army. Additionally, the company was selected in June to upgrade 19 of the US Armys Q-53 radars, Lockheed Martin announced Monday
Lockheed Martin has clarified Friday that it is unaware of any talks taking place between South Korea and the US about the THAAD missile defense system, apologizing for the earlier claim that the discussions are under way. "We regret the inaccurate information that was provided by Lockheed Martin yesterday at a media event in Washington," Jennifer Whitlow, senior vice president for communications at Lockheed Martin, said in a statement on Friday
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